Bexley Team Ministry News for Sunday 20th March 2022

Bexley Team News

St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley 

St Mary the Virgin, Bexley


    20th March 2022                           The Third Sunday of Lent                                       Issue 104


While facemasks are no longer compulsory, for everyone’s protection, we do encourage you to wear one when attending worship


Please pray for the people of Ukraine and Russia and for the countries receiving refugees


                                        Team Services

St. Mary’s     8.30 am BCP Holy Communion             

     10.00 am Holy Communion

     Wednesday 10.00 am Holy Communion

     Thursday 10.00 am Lent Course week 3    

St James                9.30 am Holy Communion

    3.00 pm Forest Church

St Barnabas         10.45 am Holy Communion

St John’s              8.00 am Holy Communion                                                                        

    10.00 am Holy Communion


 Zoom Service     9.00 am (the last Sunday Zoom service is on 3rd April)  


 Bible Readings  Isaiah 55  v1-9   1 Corinthians 10 v1-13     Luke 13 v1-9 


The Collect  Almighty God, whose most  dear Son went not up to joy  but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the  cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God, now and for ever.


The Additional Collect Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Lent Course 2022.  Join us this Lent as we explore ‘The Prayers of Jesus’. 

On Zoom Wednesday 23rd March 8.00 -9.15pm (then 30th March, and 6th April.)

At St Mary’s Thursday 24th March 10.00 -11.15am, (then 31st March, and 7th April.)

All are welcome to join us as we journey together towards Holy Week. If you have any queries, contact Rev Matt on - 07889873125 or any of the Team Clergy. 



Each of the Team Churches have in the past had a branch of the Mothers’ Union and still have the banners!

“St Mary’s with St Barnabas Branch” is still going strong, and at their last branch AGM, it was suggested that the branch might become “Bexley Team Ministry Branch”. We will be discussing this with the Diocesan MU President.  Meanwhile, all would be welcome to attend the monthly MU meetings on a Thursday afternoon at St Barnabas as a guest. Programmes of events are available or speak to Rev Ren for more information.

Friends of St Mary’s events

 - 22nd April an outing to Pashley Manor Tulip Festival together with Joydens Wood Active Retirement Association (JOYARA). Departures 9.30/9.45 am return by 5.30 pm. £30 per person to include coach travel, entry and gratuities. Bookings / further information from Christine Rawlinson contact  or 01322 525818 

 - 30th April at 7.00 pm in the church a talk on Medieval St Mary’s and Medieval Bexley by Dr Cindy Wood, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Winchester University.  Tickets £5 (inc. refreshments) from Sheila Thompson (01322 522071 or Barbara Graham 020 8308 0872  

St James Save Our Spire fund. If you would like to donate to the St James Save Our Spire fund, we would be very grateful for cash or cheques made payable to  James North Cray PCC, through Rev Ren.

Link to our new online giving page:  Or use QR code.


Bexley Winter Shelter: The Winter Shelter is now open for the 2022 Season. To refer a rough sleeper to the Winter Shelter please contact Guest Case Worker Steve Wise on 07305102730 or Please note that unlike pre-pandemic seasons, referrals are welcome from both male and female guests.


Clive will be leading a pilgrimage to The Oberammergau Passion Play and an escorted holiday in Austria

22nd – 29th June 2022 staying in  3* hotel in Imst, western Tyrol with one night in the village of Oberammergau and entry to the Passion Play. Fly Heathrow -> Munich. £1755 per person. For further details/ brochure please contact Clive  


 St John’s Sermons are posted each Sunday at

Social media – engage with us via Facebook (/stjohnsbexley, Twitter (@stjohnsbexley) and Instagram (@stjohnsbexley)

Rev’d Matt’s sermons are on a blog which can be found here




Team Rector: Rev’d Canon Ren Harding  01322 528923       07836644782

Associate Priest: Rev’d Sue Twynam 01322559501       07952468127

Team Vicar: Rev’d Edward Barlow 01322 521786

Team Vicar: Rev’d Clive Wood 01322 270942        07982392809

Team Curate: Rev’d Matt Hodder     07889873125




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